Fil-Am businesswoman urges Sorsogon coop members to mount “people power”

Fil-American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis rallies Sorsoganons to mount a “people power” movement to help resolve the woes faced by the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (Soreco II).

Lewis who hails from Sorsogon said during a media briefing, “I am calling on my fellow Sorsoganons to do a people power for Soreco II and push for a public and private partnership for its operations.”

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She urged member-consumers of the cooperative to attend the special general assembly on July 12 in selecting new members of the Ad-Hoc Election Committee (AHEC) which will administer the election for the new set of the board of directors.

Majority of the members of AHEC filed their resignations prior to the re-scheduled board polls last June 14. With sole AHEC member remaining, the management decided to defer the election on August 2.

Confusions also arose during general assembly last June 7 on controversial motion to amend the qualifications for the candidates to the board by allowing those who did not finish a college degree to run as candidate that divided the house.

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Lewis meanwhile is pushing for a public and private partnership for the electric utilities’ management.

“I already had an erlier talks with a power distribution firm that is willing to manage Soreco II,” Lewis confirmed.

Lewis also assured the public that the move only intends to revamp the coop’s top management and the middle management team will be retained if they are proven free from corruption and inefficiencies.

But wait, there is very strong talks (rumors) circulating that alleges private firm Lewis is endorsing is engaged in power distribution and telecommunications. (from PIA report by Joseph John J. Perez)

The local heirarchy of the Catholic church in the province is against privatization of the cooperative. This is in contrast to the side carried by Albay bishop who supported the privatization of ALECO in Albay which later resulted to the creation of APEC. Recently APEC brought massive electric service blackout to some of its service areas.

Ms. Lewis is the same businesswoman referred to on previous reports related to the past congressional elections in Camarines Sur, here: Disqualification case on Rep. Leni Robredo and here:Fund raising campaign for Leni Robredo.

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